Atletico Hinckley held their first end of season presentation night, to cap off a
magnificent season of achievement, finishing 3rd in the league, the final of the Senior
Cup and securing FA Cup football next season. Almost a year to the day of his appointment as
manager, Carl Abbott thanked his back room staff of Paul Tomlinson, Tony Workman,
JJ Melligan, Ian Nichol and Dave Gunn, plus praised all the AFC players and supporters
for their contribution to the season. He gave special recognition to his wife Joanne
and thanked her for her patience and understanding.
The Under 14 AFC team were also in attendance and Abbo first presented their awards of
Players Player to Tom Cayless, and Managers Player to Sam Mansfield. The juniors, including
Jake Orton, Sam Alexander, Adam Parsons, Oliver Brown, Josh Longmuir and Connor McKirgan
then presented to Seniors with their awards.
First was a special recognition award: for being the clubs first captain, for scoring
the club's first and last goal, for bleeding the club dry of £1000 a week wages (ok,
maybe not the last one...) and also helping Abbo with the coaching, JJ Melligan was
rewarded for his efforts for the club this season.
Clubman of the year: for running the club shop, for running the supporters minibus,
for organising away travel including helping car pooling, for contributing to the
volume at games, for wearing his Hinckley bonnet, for drinking gin and tonic, for
generally having red and blue blood, Simon Blyth aka @moistcandle was deservedly
awarded this trophy.
Players Player: joined the club in September and regarded as one of the reasons that
the clubs poor early form turned itself around. Made it to midweek games and training
even though he is at University in Yorkshire. A solid yet calm head in defence Alex
Morris was awarded the Players Player trophy.
Managers Player: the second half of Hinckley's 'twin towers' and his partnership with
Morris considered by the fans to be one of the major reason behind the unbeaten run,
coupled with the fact he has 'popped up' at crucial times in game to score some important
goals, Dominic Smith was awarded the Managers Player trophy.
Supporters Young Player: considering we are paying £1000s to old has beens every week,
I'm surprised this was even an award. However, the whole back line actually has an average
age of only twenty. And after a poor start, these young players gelled together to be an
intergral part of maintaining our push for a top four spot. For his overlapping runs
down the left, his ridiculously long throw, his pink trainers and furry hat, the supporters
voted Isaac Cooper as their Young Player of the season.
Supporters Player Runner Up: The vote for Supporters Player was close, very close, so close
it had to be recounted by myself, and even then it was still very close. So close that the
supporters couldn't not award something to recognise the runner up. For being the clubs top
scorer this season, for doing that back flip that he used to do when he scored against us
for Worcester, for giving us an italian flavouring to the chants, for wearing his ForzaLE10
badge in club videos, Marco Adaggio was voted as Supporters Player Runner Up of the season.
Supporters Player: A fiery hot head at the start of the season, though calmed down to
just fiery by the end of the season. Always seems to be in the thick of it, winning the
ball, stopping the oppo playing, getting the ball forward to the front players. The unsung
engine in the middle. For launching his tackles 20 yards away from players and getting
there just in time not to get sent off, mostly, for changing games with his energy and
enthusiasm, for shaking hands with Josh Mckenzie, for shooting on sight of goal from
any ridiculous distance away from the goal, for running around all game always showing
the effort we desire, Nathan 'Shoooooot' Walker was voted the Supporters Player of the